Presents evidence to suggest that there are two powerful forces at work in human history, "the logic of modern science" and "the struggle for recognition."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-401) and index
An old question asked anew. Our pessimism ; The weakness of strong states I ; The weakness of strong states II, or, eating pineapples on the moon ; The worldwide liberal revolution -- The old age of mankind. An idea for a universal history ; The mechanism of desire ; No barbarians at the gates ; Accumulation without end ; The victory of the VCR ; In the land of education ; The former question answered ; No democracy without democrats -- The struggle for recognition. In the beginning, a battle to the death for pure prestige ; The first man ; A vacation in Bulgaria ; The beast with red cheeks ; The rise and fall of Thymos ; Lordship and bondage ; The universal and homogeneous state -- Leaping over Rhodes. The coldest of all cold monsters ; The thymotic origins of work ; Empires of resentment, empires of deference ; The unreality of "realism" ; The power of the powerless ; National Interest ; Toward a pacific union -- The last man. In the realm of freedom ; Men without chests ; Free and unequal ; Perfect rights and defective duties ; Immense wars of the spirit